Vander Well News Briefs – May 21

Suzanna_sluggerIt’s been a great week!

  • Taylor and Madison are looking forward to being done with school in just two more weeks. Taylor is hoping to get both lunch and dinner hours at the restaurant. Madison will start Driver’s Ed as soon as school is out.
  • Much Ado About Nothing rehearsals are every week night and Saturday mornings, so Wendy and aren’t doing much else outside of work. Are you coming to the show? It’s FREE! For schedule of performance dates and locations click here.
  • We had two graduation parties to attend yesterday, which seemed like a lot until I spoke with Monique, one of our group members who we ran into at Brooke Zehr’s reception. Monique said that she had 27 graduation receptions to attend next weekend. That’s ALOT of white cake.
  • Wendy and I stopped by Mom & Dad Vander Well’s yesterday after the graduation parties. They are back from Lake of the Ozarks for a few weeks. Pray for mom’s cataract surgery tomorrow (May 22).
  • We then scooted up to Boone to see Mom & Dad Hall and attend Suzanna’s little league softball game. She was adorable in her hot-pink batting helmet. Heidi was home, as well. She and Jesse are planning to move to Iowa City the first of August. We’re looking forward to having them closer!

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Chapter-a-Day Hebrews 5

TeacherI have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Hebrews 5:11-13 (TM)

I wonder what changes we’d see in our culture if we began to set the expectation that everyone must become a teacher. You know, kind of like countries do with mandatory military service. Everyone who sits in the pew must put in their time as a teacher. It wouldn’t have to be in a classroom, it could be mentoring someone, teaching someone their trade so they could earn a living. I don’t think, in our couch potato culture, that we communicate the expectation God clearly places on us. Pastors are afraid to ask too much and congregations bristle at being asked for any commitment.

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Flickr photo courtesy of Tim Ellis

Chapter-a-Day Hebrews 4

Gods_word_by_rehuxleyNothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it–no matter what. Hebrews 4:13 (TM)

I was sent a blog post yesterday from a friend. Is was a quote from George Orwell recounting his terrible experiences growing up in the old British private school system. Orwell was caned mercilessly for wetting his bed. His conclusion was very interesting because the text related clearly that he had stumbled onto the reality of his own sinfulness in a sinful world. That’s what I thought of when I read today’s verse. God’s Word and the spiritual realities of God are all around us. We can’t escape them no matter how we try to run or how much we do cosmetically or psychologically to deny it.

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Artwork: "God’s Word" by rehuxley

Much Ado – Day 2

Much_ado_posterWe’re two days into rehearsal for Much Ado. It’s hard to fathom that we only have four weeks rehearsal. The good thing is that everyone in the cast and crew seems experienced and capable. The bad news is that some key characters won’t be joining us until next week (with only 3 weeks to production – yikes!). It makes rehearsing my part difficult because the missing characters are ones that I’m primarily on stage with, so I’ve been doing a lot of working lines during rehearsal. It’s an eclectic mix of folks, with many Central College students and a dose of us "old folks" from the community – but everyone’s been fun to work with. Even Queenie and Moochie, the producer’s dogs who have joined us at rehearsal.

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Flickr photo courtesy of Paula Little Sister Valeria

Much Ado – Day 2

Much_ado_posterWe’re two days into rehearsal for Much Ado. It’s hard to fathom that we only have four weeks rehearsal. The good thing is that everyone in the cast and crew seems experienced and capable. The bad news is that some key characters won’t be joining us until next week (with only 3 weeks to production – yikes!). It makes rehearsing my part difficult because the missing characters are ones that I’m primarily on stage with, so I’ve been doing a lot of working lines during rehearsal. It’s an eclectic mix of folks, with many Central College students and a dose of us "old folks" from the community – but everyone’s been fun to work with. Even Queenie and Moochie, the producer’s dogs who have joined us at rehearsal.

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Flickr photo courtesy of Paula Little Sister Valeria

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